Aiglon College has been travelling around North America hosting a number of events on the West and East coasts.
Events like these, organised sporadically throughout the world wherever alumni are able and willing to meet provides a unique dimension of the continuing Aiglon community well beyond campus. Mixing generations of Aiglonians to meet, become friends and form valuable connections are all part of what makes the Aiglon education unique no matter where you live, or when you were a student.
In addition to meeting other alumni, these events also allow the school the opportunity to update its community on what is happening in Switzerland. From the campus master plan and next building project to our latest IB results and impressive intake of new scholarship students, Aiglon as a school is continually growing and changing and it's important that alumni stay up to date. Not only this, but Aiglon depends on its alumni community to spread the word about the school and its programmes.
These events are also open to prospective families who may want to stop by for a drink, meet other Aiglonians and arrange a time to speak with a member of staff as they try to figure out what boarding school will be best for them. Most of Aiglon's new students come through our extensive word-of-mouth network.
Events this past month on the west coast were held in San Francisco, the Sonoma Valley, Santa Monica and Vancouver.
In San Francisco, Aiglon was once again graciously hosted by alumnus Ben Suter (1973) at his the beautiful reception area of his law firm in downtown San Franciso. Almost 30 alumni were present, spanning a number of generations. Thank you, Ben, for welcoming us!
In the famed Sonoma Valley, alumnus Tom Meadowcroft (Alpina, 1978) welcomed 14 alumni for a tour of the winery and the Cornerstone community and treated them to a unique blending experience. Each participant was given four wines to taste and guided through the tasting process. They were then given graduated cylinders to measure out their personal ideal blend and taste the magic of making our own "Bordeaux" style wine. After a couple of attempts, they were able to bottle their favourite mix, cork it and take it home.
Recently one vintage was ranked in the top 100 wines in the world before, however, the wildfires last year took their tool and damaged some of the vines. He is replanting now and we look to see future productions rank event higher! Thank you, Tom, for your wonderful hospitality.
The event in Santa Monica holds the record for attendance with over 50 alumni in attendance. Cecilia Peck and Daniel Voll warmly welcomed the southern California alumni community into their home for a wonderful evening together. More than alumni, this event also attracted a number of prospective families who we hope have been inspired by the Aiglon community. In addition, we were able to provide a presentation to the guests to give everyone an update on Aiglon, which was appreciated. Thank you, Cecilia and Daniel, for warmly opening your home again to us!
In Vancouver, a number of alumni gathered and were treated to a behind-the-scenes visit of the magnificent Vancouver Aquarium thanks to alumnus David Rebak (1965) followed by dinner.
A special reception was also held by the FOAC US in New York. We look forward to sharing more about this event shortly!
If you are interested in meeting Aiglon alumni or current families in your area who may be able to speak to you about Aiglon, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].